Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poinsettias for Polar Bears

National News

Want to decorate for the holidays and support endangered polar bears at the same time? Look for the 'Eckespoint® Polar Bear' poinsettia. This stunning new white poinsettia, bred by Ecke Ranch,...

Up with Foxgloves

Foxgloves are quintessential cottage garden plants, their tall spires of softly-hued flowers adding a vertical accent to the billowing silhouettes of so many other bloomers in early summer. But on...

Hooray for Holly

It is a Christmas tradition to "deck the halls with boughs of holly," although the custom of using holly as a decoration for winter time festivals and celebrations goes back to the Druids of...

Social Sagebrush and other Curiosities

Most of us don't think of our plants as having a social life. But some new research shows that, while your beans and begonias may not updating their Facebook pages, some plants are aware of who's...

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In the Garden


Feed the Birds

Do you remember the song from Disney movie Mary Poppins called "Feed the Birds"? It went something like this: "Come feed the little birds, show them you care. Their young ones are hungry, Their nests are so bare; Feed the birds, tuppence a...
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Bird Watching Life of the Skies by Jonathan Rosen (FGS Press; ISBN - 10: -374-18630-8) is a charming and...

Favorite or New Plant

Corokia Corokia cotoneaster is one of those weird plants that only a mother could love. I'm crazy for...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cultivate Compacted Soil
  • Slugs and Snails, Oh My!
  • Purchase Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
  • Care for Garden Tools
  • Shop for Bare Root Bargains

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